The Nigeria Army Council has recommended the release of Brigadier General Enitan Ransome-Kuti from custody. A confidential memo obtained by SaharaReporters also shows that the council ordered a reduction in his rank from Brigadier General to Colonel and subsequently recommended that he be reabsorbed into the army and posted back into service.

Brigadier General Kuti was arrested in January 2015 and tried for cowardice, accused of abandoning his duty post in Baga where he was commander of a joint multinational task force.  In 2014 Boko Haram militants attacked his base and took over the armory, the army court martial which tried Brigadier General Kuti also accused him of not accounting for weapons seized by Boko Haram militants at the base.

Since his conviction, the Brigadier General, who is the son of one Nigeria’s most prominent human rights defenders, Beko Ransome-Kuti had remained under house arrest at an army barrack in Abuja.

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